The old Tonight Show with Johnny Carson usually wasn’t the kind of show that brought a tear to your eye, unless you cry at corny jokes or loud, checkered suits. But this amazing clip is different. Back in 1981, the late actor Jimmy Stewart takes out a piece of paper and begins to read a poem about his dog Beau. At first it’s silly, and people laugh. Then things get so quiet you can hear a pin drop as everyone realizes where the poem is going. Yes, the dog is no longer with us. Jimmy’s voice begins to quiver and he and Johnny tear up as his simple words perfectly express how we all feel when we lose a beloved pet.
Jimmy Stewart and dog photo from The Film Canister
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